Coastal and Rayalaseema districts heaved a sigh of relief after power supply was restored late on Monday night and the 72-hour shutdown that crippled life ended peacefully. Though the Andhra Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation Ltd (APTransco) stated that there could be five-hour power cuts starting Tuesday morning,the power supply remained intact and there were no outages till 1 pm. This came as a big respite to the citizens who spent a harrowing Sunday and Monday without power till 11:30 pm.
Even as electricity employee union leaders were holding talks with Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy,officials said that the employees had in principle agreed to resume duties on Tuesday.
The 72-hour shutdown ended on Monday night and life is limping back to normal in many districts except Chittor where protestors pelted stones at private buses that had resumed service. However,resumption of supply of essential goods and services will take some time. South Central Railway officials said that all trains were running normally on Tuesday and that they were introducing extra trains to clear festival rush.
Inspector General of Police (North Coastal Districts) Dwaraka Tirumala Rao said that except Vizianagaram town where curfew remains in place,normal life has resumed in Srikakulam,rest of Vizianagaram district,Visakhapatnam,and West Godavari. In the South Coastal districts,from Krishna to Nellore,highways reopened toward Chennai and Bengaluru.
“It is peaceful now and movement of traffic has resumed. There are road blocks at a few places put up by protestors but otherwise everything has reopened since morning,” South Coastal IG P V Sunil Kumar said.
AP Power Generation Corporation Ltd (APGenco) officials were holding talks with Joint Action Committee of electricity employees to persuade them to call off their strike. APGencos Director (Thermal) S Anjaneya Rao said today morning that Dr Narla Tata Rao Thermal Power Station (NTTPS) at Vijaywada has shut down completely.
“The seven units of NTTPs with an installed capacity of 1760 MW have shut down. Rayalaseema Thermal Power Project with installed capacity of 1050 MW has also completely shut down. The employees who are on strike are unwilling to operate them. Our officials are holding talks with the union leaders to persuade them to normalise operations” Rao said on Tuesday morning.
Traffic reopened on the NH 7 towards Bengaluru and NH 9 towards Vijayawada on Monday night,state police said.
Visakhapatnam Airport DGM (Operations) Krishna Kumar said that they were running on normal power supply. “Power is back and all facilities are up and running. All flights are operating today although on Monday we had to run on diesel generator sets,” Kumar said.